Dog Breeding and Mating

Breeding dogs can be complex, where the genetics and breed can have a big influence on the puppies. In this category, these complications are explained, as well as the stages of whelping, raising puppies, etc.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

How long is the gestation period for dogs?

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Chihuahuas
Dog Breeding and Mating

How long do chihuahua dogs stay in heat?

Dogs are in heat for 21 days

There are three distinct stages of the heat cycle. The first one is the "Proestrus" and it is during this stage the owner will often notice the bleeding from the vulva. The bleeding itself can be slight or she can leave evidence of her condition everywhere she sits or lays. For those owners who keep their dogs in the house, many pet stores carry dog panties that hold special canine sanitary napkins to eliminate the mess. In addition to bleeding, the vulva will also swell and the dog will usually have an increase in urination. The most obvious sign to most owners are the increase in population of male dogs around their house. This proestrus part of the cycle will last between seven and ten days and the female will make it clear she wants no part of the male during this time. Unfortunately for the owner, the male dogs don't know how to take no for an answer. They will climb or dig under fences, attempt to breed through the fence if the female strays close enough and often serenade the dog and owner into the wee hours of the night.

The second stage or actual "Estrus" stage of the heat cycle will often begin between the eight and tenth day after the first sign of color (bleeding). During this time the color of the blood has gone from bright red to pink and then to an almost clear discharge. It is during this stage most females will allow a dog, in fact ANY dog to breed her. The estrus stage can last between four and seven days and it must be remembered the female can become pregnant with mixed litters. Just because you bred your purebred collie to another collie doesn't mean she can't have puppies with the Doberman next door and the German Shepherd up the street. Your best bet is to keep her confined in the house during the entire estrus cycle or take the easy way out and board her for the necessary time. If you keep her at home, you may want to purchase a crate to keep her in.

If you do decide to breed your dog, she will show her willingness to be bred by "flagging" whenever you scratch the area directly above her tail. By flagging, she will actually stand still and lift her tail up and out of the way. For those breeds that have had their tails docked, you will just have to wing it although a veterinarian can do a vaginal smear. Each stage of the cycle will have different types of cells appear on the slide.

The third stage of the heat cycle is the "Diestrus." This is when the female is going out of heat. During this time she will still be giving off the heat "scent" and males will still be congregating for her attentions. Once again she will be out of the mood and will snap at the males or sit and lie down when they try to mount her. The diestrus stage will last approximately seven to ten days. Once it is over, the dog will remain out of heat for approximately six to eight months.

The average estrus cycle in a dog is approximately twenty-one days and this cycle usually occurs every six to seven months. The first cycle will often depend on the size of the dog. Small breeds such, as Chihuahuas or Toy Poodles will come into heat between five and seven months. Large breeds like the Collie, Mastiff or Great Dane may have their first heat cycle at six months but it isn't unusual for them to delay until they are a twelve to sixteen months. Larger dogs develop at a much slower rate than small dogs. Becci H.

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Dog Breeds
Dog Breeding and Mating
Basset Hounds

English setter and basset hound a good mix?

No. Absolutely not.

In what way? We actually have an English Setter Basset Hound mixed breed and she is fantastic and ADORABLE! She's white with black and brown "ticking" like a setter with short legs and a long body- but not quite as stout as a basset. She's very friendly and has a great temperament, just needs a lot of exercise.

You can see photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/monette.anderson/EnglishSetterBassetHoundMixEnglishBasseterHound?feat=directlink

We also have a English Setter Basset Hound mixed breed and she's wonderful. She's 7months healthy and beautiful. She is strong willed and requires alot of activity (long walks, outdoor play). She is great with people including children.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

Do dogs have to get stuck together after breeding?

Dogs do not HAVE to get stuck together (become tied) for successful mating but it happens in the vast majority of matings. They may only be tied for a few minutes, usually about 10, but could be up to 40mins. After mating i feel it is wise to put both the dog and bitch on a lead and keep them calm so they don't struggle and hurt each other. Wait for them to part naturally.

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Dog Health
Dog Breeding and Mating

Where can you buy vaccination shots for my puppies?

You can purchase vaccines from a local Feed Store, a large Pet Store, Grange Co-Op or through an online Pet Supply Company such as Omaha Vaccine Co. Made sure though to check the expiration dates on the vaccine bottles & not get out dated vaccines. Also if you order through the mail, make sure to use the 2 day service and that they arrive with the ice packs still somewhat frozen in the shipping box, if not, return the vaccines. Do you have a proper vaccination schedule mapped out? If not, here is my suggestion. Vaccinate at 8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, 14-15 weeks & a final one at 16 weeks (don't forget yearly boosters after that). Don't forget to take your pet to your Veterinarian for a good check up & test for parasites by bringing in a sample of your pup's feces. You also need to get your Pup on a once a month Heartworm preventative which you can ask your Vet about when you take your pup in for a checkup. That is very important to do as heartworms are found everywhere and carried by the mosquito who infects the dog by biting them. Oh don't forget about the Rabies vaccination which only a licensed Veterinarian can give. You can get the cheaper Rabies vaccination by checking out the larger pet stores to see if they have once a month Rabies clinics or check with your local Animal Shelter too.

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What is a perpetual puppy?

A Perpetual Puppy is a puppy bought online which is replaced by a new puppy every six months - so the owner always owns a puppy, and never an adult dog (unless choosing to keep the puppy beyond the first six months).

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My chihuahua is about 49 days pregnant give or take the vet did a x-ray and said 8 puppies she is starting to lose her mucus plug are the puppies going to be all right if they come a little early?

the puppies might be alright, but i think having the puppies be born early might do a little damage to the mother chihuahua. you can be pregnet for a few months then have the babies when they are ready. i dont know mutch about dogs.

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Sports
Pit Bulls
Dog Breeding and Mating

What is a blue pitbull bloodline?

Blue is a COLOR, not a bloodline


The blue bloodline was started by Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale. This line started out with game dogs but now a days many bully lines come from the pitbull blue line. Razor edge is a well known bully line.

There are still blue real pitbulls dogs out there.

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When can puppies take a shower?

when they get bigger

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Do newborn puppies smell?

Yes they can smell where their mother is in the box.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

Is there a super breed of dogs?

No, there is not. Someones' personal "super breed" depends entirely on themselves and their lifestyle.

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Pit Bulls
Dog Breeding and Mating

Where were pit bulls found at first?

they came from Ireland

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A good kennel club name with the first name demerara?

Demerara Official Canine Kennel (DOCK)

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What a number of puppies called?

A litter of puppies.

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Maltese Terriers

Is it hard to care for a Maltese puppy?

Very small dogs can become hypoglycemic easily. That is when they have a low blood sugar. Depending on how small,young and healthy the dog is will depend on the needed care. Before purchasing/adopting one, you should do as much research as possible to make sure that you aren't getting yourself into something you can't handle.

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Why a female dog will not accept a male dog?

Most likely scenario is that she is not in the receptive stage of her heat cycle. The heat cycle of a female dog consists of four stages. Those are: Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus, and Anestrus. The heat cycle of a dog generally lasts around 3 weeks, although, as is the case with human females, each individual's cycle can vary. The Proestrus stage usually lasts from 7-10 days. She will generally NOT be ready to accept a mate during this time. Her vulva will be swollen, and she will have bright red bloody discharge. Then she enters into the Estrus stage. During this stage you will notice a lightening of the color of her discharge to a pinkish hue. This is the stage in which she is ovulating, and she will be willing to mate. Signs of being in the "Estrus" stage, are flagging: standing with rear end presented and tail held to the side.

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Dog Breeds
Disney
Dog Breeding and Mating
Basset Hounds

Basset hound names?

Girls

Daisy

Bella

Sady

Boys

Charlie

Sam

Fred

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Domestic Dogs
Dog Health
Dog Breeding and Mating

Can puppies eat pet rice mixed with puppy chow?

You can feed your puppy rice with their puppy chow. In fact, most veterinarians will instruct you to feed your dog rice with boiled chicken or cottage cheese when your dog becomes ill. This is because these foods are very bland and will not upset your dog's stomach as easily as their regular food.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

How can you tell the sex of a newborn puppy?

The easiest method is to gently lift the tail up and count the openings - a male has one opening (the anus) and a female has two openings (the anus and the vulva).

You can also look to see which puppies have a penis running along the belly, but this is more difficult since newborn puppies all have a navel (from where the puppy attached to the placenta) that mimics the penis.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

How do you certify the lineage of a dog?

The owner of a new purebred dog, by the standards of a particular hybrid breed of canine can request, by contacting the breeder where the purchase took place.

You can only certify a dogs lineage if it is papered and you have the papers. Then you request a full family tree on your dogs lineage from the breed registry. If your dog was not issued breed registration papers you will have a hard time doing any of that. This is usually done at the time of purchase, you should receive all information about your new dog or puppy.

Both parents must be registered with their breed registry (AKC, IDCR, etc.) including their breeding date and litters birth dates need to be sent off and registered with the breed club. Then the breeder receives papers for each pup to go with the pups when they go to their new homes. It is then up to the buyer to send in those papers before the dog turns 1 year old.

AKC is Internationally known.

Another answer from an official breeder in London

Official recognised papers can only be obtained via the breeder who must register the litter before 6 mths of age. Both parents must have been registered also with the kennel club in question.

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Animal Life
Pugs
Dog Breeding and Mating

How much can you make studding out a pug?

I have it on good hearsay that in London, 1500 pounds per dog. November 2010.

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Dog Health
Mosquitoes
Dog Breeding and Mating

How do you treat mosquito bites on a puppy?

I have no idea how to treat mosquito bites, and I wonder if After-Bite, an ammonia solution, isn't harmful to puppies.

There are so many contradictory "mosquito remedies" online that I don't know what to believe.

Baking soda, vinegar (?), and/or some ice might be a natural remedy? Some sources say tea tree or lavender oil.

Supposedly, if the puppy is carrying heart worm larvae, the mosquito might incubate the larvae and later transmit infectious parasites into the puppy.

It sounds like HIV activating into the AIDS virus, but what makes the larvae mature in the mosquito carrying blood?

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Dog Care
Dog Breeding and Mating

When can you bathe puppies?

Puppies shouldn't be bathed for at least 8 weeks or more. If you need to bath them because they have feces on them then bath them as you would a baby. Put them in the kitchen sink with a rubber mat on the bottom or at least a towel (so they won't slip) and use cups of tepid water from the other side of the sink (not the spray on your sink or loud running water or it will frighten the pup.) Keep telling the puppy they are a good boy/girl. Then rinse the puppy well and use a thick towel, being sure the pup does not get chilled. Get another thick dry towel and keep the pup close to you for body head until they are completely dry. Oatmeal shampoo is the best and great for a dog's skin and always rinsing well with tepid water (skin temp) will keep your dog clean. However, during the winter months a person shouldn't bath their dog more than 3 times during the winter month and if paws are muddy or the under-belly then put into the bath (tepid water) and just clean the messy spots. Dogs need the oil in their skin during the winter months. During the summer you can bath them once every month but only if they smell or are dirty.

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Dog Breeding and Mating

How long is a puppy deaf and blind?

anywhere from 1-3 weeks

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Dog Breeding and Mating

Can you feed puppies infant formula?

Infant formula is made with the specific nutritional needs of the human infant in mind. Those needs are VERY different from the needs of a puppy. You should not feed puppies infant formula, although it will not kill them, it is not the of the proper nutritional value for a puppy, and will likely lead to digestive problems. I say it will not kill a puppy, but also that depends on their age. It is actually very likely to kill a puppy under 3 weeks of age. After that it gets to be more a matter of lactose intolerance type symptoms. Mild stuff. But under three weeks is a definite no no. If you'd like to use a home made puppy formula I think it uses yogurt and karo syrup and goat's milk among some other ingredients.

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